It's about that time of the year in British Columbia where you gather up a group of your friends, book a cabin or chalet up in Whistler, and make the most of the snow season for a weekend, or two. But what if you didn't have to worry about booking hassles?
There's currently a chalet in Whistler -- at 4669 Blackcomb Way -- that's on the market for just under $18M, and it's pretty much everything you'd want in a resort-town abode. It's nicknamed The Haven, after all.
It's located about a 20-minute walk from Whistler Blackcomb, the popular resort that's won awards for its design, and is routinely voted as one of the top destinations in North America for skiers and snowboarders. Whistler Blackcomb also hosted parts of the 2010 Winter Olympics, so one could say the resort is Olympic-level, and the Blackcomb Way home isn't too far off either.
Originally built in 2000, the Haven has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, with 6,025 sq. ft of living space on a 21,781 sq. ft lot, and thanks to the home's design, it somehow looks even larger.
Many parts of the home have that cabin-feel that just seems right when there's snow outside, like the wooden floors, walls, ceilings, and beams in the living and dining area. But other parts wouldn't look out of place in a home in West Vancouver, like the sizeable office with glass walls and the glass railings that lead upstairs to the bedrooms.
Engel & Völkers Whistler describes it as "an exquisite modern home that incorporates elements of old world charm" and the two-worlds feel is definitely noticeable.
- Address: 4669 Blackcomb Way
- Bedrooms: 6
- Bathrooms: 8
- Size: 6,025 sq. ft
- Lot size: 21,781 sq. ft
- Price: $17,950,000
- Listed By: Maggi Thornhill, Engel & Völkers Whistler
The bathrooms also are made of a lot of wood, but there's an equal amount of modern touches, such as the marble-and-glass shower, that achieves a nice balance.
Walking into the various bedrooms will also feel like they're part of different homes, with some looking incredibly modern and others looking charmingly rustic.
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The office/den is a stand-out. It has that two-worlds theme as well -- with it's glass-house-like walls and wooden frames -- not to mention some incredible built-in shelves and art pieces that would not look out of place in a gallery. Also: vaulted ceilings.
"Tucked away in an unbelievably private enclave within the ever popular Blackcomb Benchlands, you will feel like you are in the most serene mountain hideaway, yet you are still in the heart of everything that Whistler is famous for," the listing says, adding "a wonderful ski home trail allows you to literally ski to your front door after an amazing day spent up the mountain."
For British Columbians who count down the days to their next ski trip, it is indeed a haven.